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Guy Makes Justice Ginsberg’s Hobby Lobby Statement Into A Song

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"Oh, The Court, I Fear, Has Ventured Into A Minefield"
  • Well, that’s one way to react to the Supreme Court’s ruling today.
  • In case musical tributes to Supreme Court documents aren’t your jam, here’s a much quieter roundup of the eight best lines from Justice Ginsberg’s dissent. [Mother Jones]
  • Or there’s this one-act play inspired by the ruling, called “The Taming of the Slut.” [Happy Nice Time People]
  • Arm yourself with knowledge: 10 right-wing media myths about the Hobby Lobby case. [Media Matters For America]
  • The town of Latta, South Carolina has reinstated police chief Crystal Moore, who was fired by the town’s mayor because she is a lesbian. (Yeah, apparently that’s legal.) [Wonkette] Keep reading »

“Cold Beer And Titties”: Sexism At A Texas Boys Civics Conference

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I guess the good ol’ boys of Texas get started early.

The progressive Texas politics blog Burnt Orange Report reported on Friday that nearly 1,000 high school-aged boys gathered in early June for the annual, nonpartisan Boys State conference, where they learn firsthand about politics. The students are split into two fake parties, the Federalist Party and the Nationalist Party, and are meant to learn basic civics lessons such as how to run for office and pass legislation. Another conference for young women in Texas, called Girls State, is held separately. Sounds as wholesome and American as apple pie, yes? Keep reading »

Supreme Court Rules Employers With Religious Objections Don’t Have To Cover Contraception

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The Supreme Court ruled today [PDF] that employers with religious objections to birth control are not required to cover contraception in health insurance plans for women under the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores owned by evangelical Christians who oppose birth control. The Obama administration had made a variety of concessions for religious employers like churches and religious non-profits, but this ruling affects for-profit businesses. (According to Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog, this ruling will not apply to publicly held corporations, just family-owned businesses when the owners in question are clearly religious.)

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The Stars Of “Broad City” Are Feminists

"I Mean, We're Male-ists Too"

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the brilliant comedic duo behind “Broad City,” chose not to join the ranks of female stars who dodge the f-word, and I love them for it. When asked by PopSugar at the Critics’ Choice Television awards whether they’re “cool with” the word feminist, Jacobson graciously responded:

“I would totally say I’m a feminist. I don’t find it to be negative at all.”

Glazer chimed in with Jaocbson to agree:

“I feel like a feminist is gender equality. You know, we’re feminists… the people who work on the show are feminists.”

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GOP Senator Susan Collins Supports Gay Marriage

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  • Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has come out publicly in support of same-sex marriage, making her the fourth GOP senator to do so. Hooray! [Bangor Daily News]
  • Five thousand organizers in Raleigh, North Carolina, have cancelled their “Sexy School Girl 5K,” a co-ed run in which participants were asked to wear skirts and ponytails. [Cosmopolitan]
  • New York State failed to pass the Women’s Equality Act (again) because Republicans balked over reproductive rights enshrined therein. [Feminist.org]
  • Yeah, the Vatican knows no one is following its rules on sex and marriage. [LA Times] Keep reading »

Let’s Reclaim The Phrase “Like A Girl”

"You Run Like A Girl"

Growing up, I played a lot of catch in the backyard with my dad and male cousins. Every time I missed the ball was a golden opportunity to remind me that I “threw like a girl.” It never bothered me — I’m just glad he taught me to throw a baseball!—  but this ad by Always shows the more harmful side of phrases like that one. Since when does acting like a girl equate to behaving like an idiot? [NYMag.com]

Matt Lauer Asks General Motors’ Mary Barra If She Can Be Both CEO And A Good Mom

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Oh, Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt
  • “Today Show” host Matt Lauer interviewed General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra this morning and asked about her leadership of a struggling company as a woman and the fact that she has three kids at home. Lauer may have meant to give Barra a platform to discuss the sexist assumptions behind his questions. (And to be clear, I don’t think asking a question about a sexist topic means the interview herself/himself is bigoted.) But the way Lauer questioned her was just awkward, seemingly defeating the purpose of raising these topics in the first place. Add me to the chorus of working women wondering: How often is a male CEO questioned about whether he can be a good father? [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Diane Sawyer Leaves ABC’s “World News” Anchor Desk

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  • Diane Sawyer is leaving the anchor desk of ABC’s “World News” and will be replaced by David Muir. This means that all three major nightly news shows will be hosted by dudes. [The Wire]
  • A federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage! And in Indiana, too! [New York Times; USA Today]
  • NBC Universal has released a statement clarifying the kerfluffle over supposedly not running an ad for “Obvious Child” which contained the word “abortion.” [Deadline Hollywood]
  • Twin sisters — including one with a toddler — from a rough neighborhood in Washington, D.C. have graduated as the valedictorian and salutatorian of their class. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Meet Nashville’s female legends and their musical proteges. [Rolling Stone] Keep reading »

President Obama Speaks Out In Support Of Paid Maternity Leave

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  • President Obama spoke out yesterday in support of paid maternity leave and paid family leave. “There is only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave,” the president said. “That is us. And that is not the list you want to be on by your lonesome.” [Yahoo]
  • Islamic extremists Boko Haram reportedly have kidnapped nearly 100 more people, including 60 women and girls, in Nigeria. [New York Times]
  • A Japanese politician apologized to his female colleague for heckling, “You should get married!” and “Can’t you even bear a child?” while she was speaking. [TIME] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Pharrell Curates Women As Objects In Parisian Art Show

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Yoko Ono’s breasts, a model’s ass, and a vagina are front in center at an art show in Paris. It would be just another day in the art world if the person behind it wasn’t one of hip hop’s greatest assets. Which begs the question: Does Pharrell Williams have a woman problem?

The Oscar-nominated musician was recently tapped to curate a modern art show at Galerie Perrotin in Le Marais section of the City of Lights. I was rather excited to check it out on the recommendation of a friend. The show is called “G I R L,” taking its name from Pharrell’s recent album. The themes, according to press coverage in the art world, are a celebration of femininity and of women.

The exhibit featured 37 artists — 18 of them women, including Tracey Emin, Cindy Sherman, Sophie Calle. Marina Abramovic, and pieces by the Guerrilla Girls critical of women’s exclusion from the upper echelons of the art world. Yet upon entering the gallery featuring more than three dozen pieces of art curated by Williams, I felt safely uncomfortable, if that makes sense. Keep reading »

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